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              Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payments (SURE) Program


The New Hampshire USDA Farm Service Agency is now accepting applications under the
Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payments (SURE) Program. SURE provides benefits for
2008 through 2011 crop year farm revenue losses due to natural disasters. It is the 2008
Farm Bill's successor to prior ad hoc crop disaster programs.

Eligibility

A "farm" is eligible for SURE when either:
    a portion of the farm is located in a county covered by a qualifying natural disaster
      declaration (USDA Secretarial Declarations only) or a contiguous county; or,
    the actual production is less than 50% of the normal production.

For producers to be eligible for SURE, they must have obtained a policy or plan of insurance
for all crops through either the Federal Crop Insurance Act or FSA's Noninsured Crop
Disaster Assistance Program (NAP). There are limited exceptions to this rule. SURE does
not require coverage for forage crops intended for grazing.

Eligible farmers and ranchers who meet the definition of "Socially Disadvantaged", "Limited
Resource", or "Beginning Farmer or Rancher" do not have to meet this requirement.

Producers must meet Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) requirements and have suffered a 10
percent production loss to at least one crop of economic significance on their farm in order to
be eligible for SURE. For a loss to be a qualifying loss, it must be caused by a natural
disaster. A crop of economic significance is one that contributes at least 5 percent of the
expected revenue for a producer's farm.

Payments

FSA will issue SURE payments once all eligibility forms are approved (CCC-502, AD-1026),
SURE program determinations are made, and National Average Market Prices have been
obtained. SURE payments are calculated based on 60% of the difference between the
SURE Disaster Program Guarantee and the Total Farm Revenue.

Payment Limitations

A limit of $100,000 applies to the combination of payments from SURE and the livestock
disaster programs. For 2008 SURE payments, payments are limited per "person" according
to payment limitation rules in effect for 2008.

Signup Period
Signup for the 2008 SURE began January 4th, 2010. A signup deadline has not been
announced. Producers must signup at their county FSA office. If a producer farms in
multiple counties, visits to each county may be necessary to complete the application.

For More Information

If you have questions or for more information about this or any other FSA programs, please
call or visit your local Farm Service Agency Office or USDA Service Center, or visit FSA on
the World Wide Web at http://www.fsa.usda.gov. Click on the State Office link to access the
county office locator.
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Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Ave., SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call (800) 795-
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